Collaborators

Project Advisory Committee

The Student Experience Lab team garners input and support from a Project Advisory Committee, a group of national experts that are well positioned to provide feedback on critical components of BIF's work in the Student Experience Lab. Members include:

  • Keith W. BirdKeith W. Bird is the Chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He previously served as President of Central Carolina Technical College and New Hampshire Regional Community Technical College at Claremont and Nashua.
  • Michael CunninghamMichael Cunningham is the Assistant Dean for Student Success at the Community College of Rhode Island. He is responsible for providing academic support services, new student orientation, and other administrative and teaching duties on a multi-campus system serving the state of Rhode Island and bordering communities.
  • Chad EvansChad Evans leads the Council on Competitiveness' Strategic Initiatives programs, where he spearheaded the Council's Competitiveness Index, which is chaired by Harvard Business School's Professor Michael E. Porter.
  • Merrilea J. MayoMerrilea J. Mayo is the Director of Future of Learning Initiatives at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Merrilea previously served as Director of the Government-University-Industry Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies.
  • Simon MooreSimon Moore is the founder of College Visions. Simon is a graduate of Brown University, where he helped to coordinate the Pre-College Enrichment Program at the Swearer Center for Public Service.
  • Jamie ScurryJamie Scurry is Co-Director of College Unbound and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown University. Previously she served as Director for Policy and Research at the New England Board of Higher Education.
  • Bob ShayBob Shea is Community College of Rhode Island's Chief Financial Officer, where he plays an active and collaborative role in strategic planning, policy development, and forecasting and resource analysis for the college and also serves as the college’s fiscal liaison to the Board of Governors.
  • Bob ShayLouis Soares is Director of the Economic Mobility Program at the Center for American Progress. He formerly served as Director of Business Development for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as a small business consultant with the U.S. Peace Corps.
  • Brian SpittleBrian Spittle currently serves as Assistant Vice President and oversees the Center for Access and Attainment at DePaul University. Brian is also actively involved in the Chicago Public Schools through community outreach and serves as a board member for the Steering Committee for the Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Michael K. ThomasMichael K. Thomas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Board of Higher Education. Michael also served as Policy Aid and Coordinator of Institutional Research at the University of Massachusetts.

Experts

For this phase of work, the team had contact with education experts and advocates from all sides of the debate. Participants in this work included:

  • Julian L. Assid, Executive Director, Workforce Strategy Center
  • Cliff Adelman, Senior Associate , Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Maria H. Andersen, Math instructor/ Blogger, Muskegon Community College
  • Karen Arnold, Vice Provost, New England Institute of Technology, Providence, RI
  • Chris Bertoni, Academic Advising Office, RISD
  • Keith Bird, Chancellor, Kentucky Technical And Community College System
  • Tracy Carpenter, Lead Faculty, College Unbound, Big Pcture Learning, Providence, RI
  • Bob Compton, VC, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker, Producer of the movie “Two Million Minutes”
  • Michael Cunningham, Assistant Dean Student Success, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Chad Evans, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Council on Competitiveness
  • Karen Feldman, Director, Young Voices
  • Don Fraser, Director of College Access and Transition, MET School, Providence, RI
  • Marisa Gutmacher, Program Coordinator, RISD continuing Education
  • John Hoops, Senior Associate, Futureworks. Strategies for Regional Development
  • Tim Hwang, Research associate at the Berkman Center for Internets and Society, Harvard University
  • Walter Kimbrough, Dean, Philander Smith College
  • Shelley Krause, College Counselor, Rutgers Preparatory School
  • Kevin Kinser, Associate Professor: Dept. of Educational Administration, Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Kimberly Loui, Associate Vice President and Executive Director, Arizona State University
  • Christine Malecki, Principal, Kite Architects, NAAB Peer Reviewer
  • Merrilea Mayo, Director of Future of Learning Initiatives, Kauffmann Foundation
  • Alex McCormick, Director at NSSE & Professor at Indiana University, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Simon Moore, Executive Director, College Visions
  • Meghan Nahr, Assistant Director, Providence Skills Center/CCAP
  • Paul Osterman, Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Ellen Pettit, Director, YouthWorks RI, Providence Office
  • Craig Powell, President & CEO, ConnectEDU
  • Jeremiah Quinlan, Former Admission Counselor, Yale University
  • Chris Rice, Lecturer and Social Technology Strategist, University of Kentucky
  • James E. Rosenbaum, Professor of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research, Chicago
  • Randal Spencer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concordia Textiles
  • Brian Spittlle, Assistant Vice President for Access and Attainment, De Paul University, Chicago
  • Suzanne Spreadbury, Associate Dean for University Extension for Undergraduate Degree Programs, Harvard University, Extension School
  • Vaughn Tan, Graduate Student in Organizational Behavior / Sociology, Harvard University
  • Peter Wood, Executive Director, National Association of Scholars (NAS)
  • Jason Sung Won Yoon, Executive Director, New Urban Arts

Schools

Research conducted in geographic proximity to the core team and with students living in the Northeast was supplemented by research conducted by satellite researchers working in Chicago and San Francisco. The team included students from the following schools in its primary research.

Here is the complete list of schools that the students we spoke with attended.

  • Berkeley Community College
  • Brown University
  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Classical High School
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Connecticut College
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry University
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Emerson College
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Harold Washington College
  • Harrington College of Design
  • Hunter College
  • Kentwood High School (Chicago)
  • Lane Technical High School (Chicago)
  • Lick Wilmerding High School
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Met School
  • Montclair State University
  • MotoRing Technical Training Institute
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oakton Community College
  • Peralta Community Colleges
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Roger Williams University
  • St. Josephs
  • San Jose State
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Western Washington University
  • Westminster College
  • Wilbur Wright College